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College basketball: Lady Jays lose in OT; men win


THIEF RIVER FALLS —Teams that score 100 points in a basketball game usually win.

But there’s an exception to every rule, and an exception to the 100-point rule was made Friday night as the Minnesota West Lady Jays lost 103-100 in overtime to the Northland Pioneers thanks to two last-gasp three-pointers by Jenna Lundon, a 5-6 sophomore guard from Waubun.

In the men’s game Friday, Minnesota West topped Northland 67-57.

The West women play Itasca in Grand Rapids today at 1 p.m. with the men following at 3 p.m.

Northland 103,

Lady Jays 100

Lundon netted a three-point shot with three seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game at 91-91 and send it into overtime.

Then in overtime Lundon did it again, draining a three-pointer with 2.5 seconds left to break a 100-100 deadlock and win the game.

Northland moved to 7-1 on the season while dropping the Lady Jays to 7-3.

The game, said Minnesota West coach Mike Fury, sounding more impressed than disappointed, “was all it was billed to be.”

The first half was back-and-forth the whole way, and offensive. The Lady Jays led 46-45 at halftime before falling behind 63-55 in the second half. Not to be denied, the Jays fought back and led by a couple of baskets before falling behind again.

Foul trouble plagued both teams. Northland’s Sarah Durand, who entered the game averaging 25 points per contest, fouled out early in the second half and finished with 16. Kristen Andersen, Bridget Kramer and Bailey Tish all fouled out for Minnesota West.

Tiffany Gehl, a sophomore from Fulda, led West with 31 points. Lindsey Drooger had 22, with three assists. Kemper had 16 points to go along with eight rebounds. Brittney Hermeling scored 11 points.

Lady Jays 46 91 100

Northland 45 91 103

LADY JAYS (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) — Hermeling 1-3-2-11, Kramer 0-3-2-8, Kemper 1-6-3-16, Gehl 2-8-9-31, Drooger 3-5-3-22, Andersen 0-2-3-7, Tish 0-2-1-5. Totals 7-28-23-100.

NORTHLAND (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) — Lundon 3-8-5-30, Christian 0-7-2-16, Lindgren 0-0-2-2, Amundson 0-6-5-17, Jenkins 1-2-2-9, Hernandez 1-3-4-13, Durand 0-6-4-16. Totals 5-32-24-103.

Bluejays 67, Northland 57

Sophomore guard Jackson Seitzinger scored 16 points and grabbed five rebounds to help propel the Bluejays past Northland, and teammate Cody Harris had six rebounds to go along with his 13 points.

Larry Hunter led Northland with 28 points.

Minnesota West is 7-3. Northland is 3-7.

The contest was close much of the way. West took a 30-28 lead into intermission and made free throws near the end to pull in front. Good defense helped the Jays maintain the lead down the stretch.

Northland hit 50 percent of its field goals to Minnesota West’s 43 percent, but the Bluejays had more attempts in converting 25 of 58 to the Pioneers’ 21 of 42. West made six of eight free throws to Northland’s nine of 13.

Bluejays 30 67

Northland 28 57

BLUEJAYS (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) — Hodges 0-3-0-6, Thomas 2-2-0-10, Seitzinger 2-3-4-16, Buysse 2-1-2-10, Fischer 0-3-0-6, Bennett 2-0-0-6, Harris 3-2-0-13. Totals 11-14-6-67.

NORTHLAND (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) — Mattson 1-2-1-8, Kristos 0-2-3-7, Hunter 5-6-1-28, Mosher 0-0-2-2, Gunderson 0-4-0-8, Williams 0-0-2-2, Davis 0-1-0-2. Totals 6-15-9-57.